While modern restaurants may have some delicious food ideas, the classic “olde worlde” style of German restaurant is still in vogue in America today. Serving up an authentic dining experience, an old world German restaurant is the ideal place to discover Bavarian cuisine.

A classic German restaurant is based around timeless staples like schnitzel, sauerbraten, bratwurst, and roasted ham hock, which are usually complemented by a selection of excellent German beer. Our international experts have taken the time to compile a great list of the best German restaurant name suggestions you can use for your “authentisches deutsches” restaurant. Let’s take a look at them.

Traditional German Restaurant Name Ideas

Traditional German restaurant name ideas.

Traditional German restaurants are serve the classic dishes from authentic German sausages to the unforgettable sauerkraut, made from fermented cabbage. In most cases, you’ll find a generous selection of draft beers on tap as well to compliment your meal. Take a peek at our “Ausgezeichnet” names for a German restaurant below.

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  • Alter Gasthof
  • Alter Haferkasten
  • Bergisch Gladbach
  • Borchardt
  • Burgermeister
  • Café im Literaturhaus
  • Clärchens Ballhaus
  • Das Leben Ist Schön
  • Der Pschorr
  • Die Quadriga
  • Traditional German
  • Old World German
  • Die Schwarzwaldstube
  • Domizil Schiffmann
  • Frühsammers Restaurant
  • GästeHaus Klaus Erfort
  • Gasthof Kreuz Restaurant
  • Greta’s Rauchfang
  • Gugelhof
  • Historische Weinwirtschaft
  • Hofbräuhaus
  • Katerschmaus
  • Lebensmittel in Mitte
  • Leysieffer
  • Lohninger
  • Nobelhart & Schmutzig
  • Ratsschänke Zeltingen
  • reinstoff
  • Relish
  • Restaurant Mittermeier
  • Saf im Zerwirk
  • Schumann’s
  • Sonnora Dries
  • Spatenhaus an der Oper
  • Spindler & Klatt
  • Tausend Cantina
  • unsicht-Bar
  • Vendôme
  • Zum Alten Markt

Modern German Restaurant Name Ideas

German diner names with an updated twist.

German cuisine has been liberated from the traditional imagery of kitschy beer halls with dirndl-clad servers. While the comfort foods are still popular, modern restaurants are showing the real diversity of German cuisine from the Vaterland. You don’t need to be German to appreciate these name suggestions.

  • Alpenstück
  • Authentically German
  • German Sausage Co.
  • Sisters Sauerkraut
  • The Taste of Berlin
  • The Kegel Inn
  • Von Yum
  • Bavarian Bites
  • Billy’s Brat House
  • Old School German Beer Hall
  • The Brat Castle
  • The Blues Bierhaus
  • Alrick Eats
  • The German Pancake
  • The Fancy Bier Stube
  • Café Einstein
  • Mader’s Bar and Grill
  • Der Rheinlander
  • Die Fleiderhous
  • Eins44
  • Fischers Fritz
  • Friedrichshain
  • Rivers Edge Brat House
  • Ye Olde Sausage Factory
  • Temptress Beer Garden
  • German Cuisine
  • German Garden
  • German Sweets
  • Gourmetrestaurant Lerbach
  • Gulasch Palace
  • Chicago Brat Spot
  • Henne
  • Herman ze German
  • Home of Rindsuppe
  • Jacob Wirth Restaurant
  • Lokal Berlin
  • Lüchow’s
  • Lutter & Wegner
  • Mecklenburg’s Garden
  • My German Restaurant
  • Neukölln
  • Peter Luger Steak House
  • Knockout Knockwurst
  • Quisisana
  • Ratskeller
  • Runza
  • Schneeweiß Alpine
  • Schnitzelei
  • Scholz Garten
  • Spätzle und Knödel
  • Tafelspitz House
  • Flavors of Berlin
  • Taste of Germany
  • The Student Prince
  • Weinbar Rutz
  • Weinerei FraRosa
  • Wolfgang’s Steakhouse
  • Württemberg
  • Zur Glocke
  • Zur Haxe

List of Popular German Dishes and Menu Ideas

A traditional German dish.

Made up of a variety of cuisines from the different regions of Germany, mostly based around meat dishes, German cuisine has a wide variety of styles. This list of dishes is not all encompassing, but it does include the classic options that can be featured on your restaurant menu.

  • Apfelkuchen
  • Biersuppe
  • Black Forest Cake
  • Bratwurst
  • Brezeln
  • Butterkäse
  • Currywurst
  • Griebenschmalz
  • Hasenpfeffer
  • Himmel un ääd
  • Kaiserschmarrn
  • Kartoffelkloesse
  • Kartoffelpuffer
  • Käsekuchen
  • Käsespätzle
  • Knockwurst
  • Königsberger klopse
  • Labskaus
  • Lebkuchen
  • Maultaschen
  • Mohnstrudel
  • Pinkel mit grünkohl
  • Reibekuchen
  • Rinderroulade
  • Rollmöpse
  • Rouladen
  • Sauerbraten
  • Sauerkraut
  • Saumagen
  • Schnitzel
  • Schwarzwälder kirschtorte
  • Schweinshaxe
  • Spaghettieis
  • Spargel
  • Spätzle
  • Stollen
  • Weisswurst
  • Zwiebelkuchen and federweisser

New German Food Trends

Over the past few decades, many traditional German restaurants have closed. This leaves a gaping hole for lovers of this varied cuisine or transplants to the United States. The traditional menus that made places like Karl Ratzsch’s famous have lost their cool, in favor of modern or fusion trends in German cuisine.

In a world that consumes tons of ramen and Korean tacos, the German restaurant business has come out of the gloomy depths of the bierkeller and into the light of day with fresh a new look. In short, the concept has had to reinvent itself to stay relevant to the younger generation.

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German cuisine has always been heavily meat-based, with a reliance on fresh farm products and seasonal vegetables. Hence the liking for fermented cabbage sauerkraut throughout the year. In recent years, German food has become increasingly creative and multi-cultural with more restaurants are introducing haute cuisine on a German-inspired menu.

Modern menus still keep the traditional flavors intact, but are now presenting them in a cleaner and fresher way to attract the younger diners that are the future of the cuisine. As you might expect, you can integrate the staple food of the brat into a broad range of dishes. Sauerkraut recipes can also be easily adapted to be spicy, savory, or sweet depending on preference. As a restauranteur, it’s important to identify your unique twist on these timeless flavors to create something new and exciting for guests.

Industry Statistics about German Food

A funny German restaurant name: Wurst.

Fall is Oktoberfest season, and the traditional German restaurants and bierkellers are usually bustling with patrons. While the original Munich Beer Festival was only held in late September and early October, these events frequently run right through November.

  • There are an estimated 83.02 million residents living in Germany as of 2019. Germany has a larger population than France or Turkey.
  • Each year thousands of Germans move to the United States. According to government reports, 9,782 Germans immigrated to the United States in 2019.
  • A reported 89.36 million Americans ate fresh bratwurst at least one time in 2019. Innovative flavors of bratwurst include beer brats, fiesta, bacon and cheddar.

The number of traditional German restaurants may have dropped, but there are still a good number of restaurants where you can enjoy traditional and modern German cuisine, complete with authentic German beers and serving wenches in traditional costumes. From Philadelphia’s Brauhaus Schmitz and the Bodensee Restaurant in Helen, Georgia to Michigan’s Metzger’s and The Heidelberg, New York’s famed German restaurant. These establishments are keeping the tradition alive.

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